By the time Nathaniel arrived, he saw Christina’s belongings sitting on the bridge and two unconscious women floating on the water.
Sebastian instantly recognized one of the women. “It’s Mrs. Hadley-”
Before he could react to the situation properly, he saw Nathaniel jumping into the pool.
Moments later, the security guards of the villa rushed toward the bridge upon hearing the commotion and dove into the water to rescue the unconscious Elizabeth.
News of the incident immediately spread to the rest of the villa like wildfire.
Upon learning the matter, Felicia asked Julia and Charlie to send the guests away, except for the Bennetts, who were involved in the incident.
It wasn’t until midnight that Elizabeth woke up.
When she saw her parents next to her bed, she sobbed. “Mommy, Daddy, I almost died…”
She was still haunted by her near–death experience earlier. I almost died and was this close to never seeing my family again! This is all Christina’s fault!
The Bennett family had three children, two sons and a daughter. As the daughter was the youngest, the Bennett couple doted on her since she was a child.
Therefore, when the Bennett couple saw that their daughter almost drowned, they were worried and infuriated.
Molly was heartbroken as she held her daughter. “What happened? Why did you and the Hadley family’s granddaughter–in–law fall into the water?”
I heard that Christina isn’t even acknowledged by the Hadley family. Even though she has married into the family for so long, Mrs. Hadley refuses to accept her because of her pathetic background. Apparently, Nathaniel kept her around because she was a novelty to him, and he may chase her away once he’s sick of her. I can’t help but feel angry when I think about that poor b*tch talking back to me!
She sniffled, threw herself into her mother’s embrace, and complained, “It’s Christina. I had an argument with her in the bamboo forest earlier, but I chose to back down. I didn’t expect she’d go crazy and push me off the bridge when we met again. I even asked her why she did it, and she said it was because she just didn’t like me. She even told me she’s the Hadley family’s daughter–in–law, so she’s more powerful than me and can bully me however she wants.”
The more she spoke, the more aggrieved she sounded as tears streamed down her cheeks. “I’m so scared, Mom. Is she going to bully me again later?”
Her parents were instantly enraged after listening to what their daughter said.
Elizabeth’s mother, Molly, hugged Elizabeth tightly and promised, “Don’t worry. As long as I’m around, I won’t allow anyone to bully you!”
Carl Bennett, Elizabeth’s father, was even more incensed. “Hmph! Who does the Hadley family think they are? They may be powerful in Jadeborough, but Yorksland is our territory! Don’t worry, Elizabeth. I’m definitely going to seek justice for you from Old Mrs. Hadley!”
A cold and smug look swirled in Elizabeth’s eyes as she nestled in her mother’s embrace, still putting on a piteous pretense. What are you going to do now, Christina? Hmm?
Meanwhile, in another room, Christina was still unconscious. The doctors had examined her and claimed that she was fine, just that she was rendered temporarily unconscious due to shock.
Nathaniel remained by her side. Her face had gone pale, her eyebrows were slightly knitted, and her eyelashes were still wet.
At that moment, she looked like an injured, adorable animal that garnered pity.
As he held her small hand, a frigid expression settled on his tense, handsome face.
The room was freezing cold as if it was located at the north pole, and the atmosphere that enveloped it was oppressive as well.
When Sebastian stepped in, he was taken aback by Nathaniel’s demeanor. This is the first time I’ve seen his expression this frosty. It feels like he can snap a man’s neck with that look.
“Mr. Hadley, I was asked to inform you-” He was cut short by Nathaniel’s glare. I know he won’t do anything to me, but I still can’t help but feel goosebumps crawling all over my skin when he aims his sharp, hostile look at me.
“What did they say?” Nathaniel’s voice sounded sinister.
In response, Sebastian relayed the Bennett family’s message. “The Bennetts said Mrs. Hadley pushed Ms. Bennett into the water, so they want her to grovel before Ms. Bennett until she’s forgiven by Ms. Bennett.”
Nathaniel’s countenance clouded over, and a cold glint flashed across his narrow, deep eyes.
The atmosphere in the room grew tenser than before.
After a brief moment of hesitation, Sebastian continued, “They also said that they want Mrs. Hadley to be carried outside even if she’s still unconscious.”
The moment Sebastian ended his sentence, Nathaniel stood from the side of the bed.
As he strode out of the room, he ordered, “Make sure no one enters this room!”
The guards at the entrance replied resolutely, “Understood, Mr. Hadley.”
Sebastian followed behind Nathaniel. There’s definitely going to be a snowstorm later. Honestly, I can’t blame Mr. Hadley. I bet the Bennetts are blatantly bullying Mrs. Hadley because they heard she doesn’t have a prestigious background. However, they have no idea just how much Mr. Hadley loves her.
A grim atmosphere descended upon the living room.
The elders from both families sat on opposite sides in the center of the room. Felicia, as the lady of the house, had most of the authority.
The Bennetts wore a grimace as if they were waiting for justice to be served after lamenting their grievance.
On the other hand, the Hadleys seemed composed.
Felicia sat in the middle as a housekeeper poured her a cup of coffee. Casually, she took a sip, as though she couldn’t detect the serious atmosphere.
Suddenly, they heard heavy footsteps approaching the room before Nathaniel stepped in. At that moment, it was as if the air was frozen.
Carl was displeased by Nathaniel’s tardiness. “Your grandson’s here now, Old Mrs. Hadley. Can you ask him to hand that woman over yet?”
The Bennetts were pushy and indignant, looking as if they were ready to start a fight if things didn’t go their way.
It was then Madison approached the room. I didn’t expect things would get this messy. Although, there’s no doubt Christina’s doomed since she offended the only daughter of the Bennett family. Considering she doesn’t have a distinguished background, it’s pretty clear how things will end. Still, I’m jealous that Nathaniel’s standing up for her like this!
She whispered, “Since this is Mrs. Hadley’s fault, why don’t you just ask her to apologize, Mr. Hadley?” She paused before continuing, “The Hadley family and The Bennett family have a lot of business dealings. There’s no need to let the company’s profits suffer over such a minor matter.”
Nathaniel’s a mature and considerate man. Undoubtedly, he has helmed a corporation as massive as Hadley Corporation as its CEO for years. As such, I’m sure he knows sacrificing Christina is his best choice to protect the company’s benefits. I’m confident he won’t damage the company for such an insignificant matter.